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PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
ROADMASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA,
St. Paul, MINN., SEPTEMBER 15, 16 AND 17, 1883.
St. Paul, Sept. 15, 1883. The meeting was called to order by President Burnett at 2:30 P.M., in the following remarks:
GENTLEMEN,—The hour having arrived to which this meeting was adjourned at Chicago on June 14, you will please come to order.
On June 13 and 14 a number of roadmasters met in Chicago for the purpose of organizing a roadmasters' association, which they did, under the name of The Roadmasters' Association of America. The Secretary will please read the minutes of that meeting, so far as they were taken. They were not taken very fully.
The Secretary read the minutes, as follows:
Pursuant to a call from Mr. I. Burnett, of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, a meeting of roadmasters was held at the Matteson House, Chicago, June 13, 1883.
The meeting was called to order at 9:30 A.M. Mr. I. Burnett was chosen Chairman, and Mr. Tierney, Secretary.
Mr. Burnett, on taking the chair, announced the object of the meeting, and a general interchange of opinion was had. The discussion resulted in a determination to effect a permanent organization, which it was decided to call THE ROADMASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA.
A motion was adopted that until a Constitution and By-Laws could be prepared, the officers of the Association should consist of President, First and Second Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and an Executive Committee of five members, including the President and Secretary.
The following officers were elected: President—I. BURNETT, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. First Vice-President-G. C. McMICHAEL, Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Second Vice-President—DANIEL WRIGHT, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Railroad. Secretary-J. TIERNEY, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Treasurer-Thos. ADAMSON, Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. Executive Committee-S. L. SWINNEY, Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad;
J. H. McDONALD, Chicago & North-Western Railroad; J. C. EVANS,
Wisconsin Central Railroad. The President delivered a short and interesting address, after which the Secretary read a Constitution and By-Laws which had been prepared.
Mr. McMichael, Mr. McClintock and Mr. McQuiston were appointed a committee to examine, revise and report upon the code at the next regular meeting.
The afternoon was devoted to a visit to the Railway Exposition, and an invitation, from the management of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, to use a special train to visit Pullman and the North Chicago rolling mills, was accepted.
CHICAGO, June 14, 1883. The morning was devoted to the enjoyment of the train furnished by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, as of record the 13th.
The business meeting was called to order at 2 P.m., and it was decided to hold the regular meeting at St. Paul, Minn., commencing the second Wednesday in September, 1883.
After an informal discussion, the President and Secretary were directed to prepare a blank form of certificate of membership, and to procure a suitable seal for the official use of the organization.
A committee of three having been appointed to prepare a list of subjects to be discussed at the next regular meeting, reported as follows:
1. Drainage—Tools and Appliances.
2. Crossties–Manner of Laying; What, if Anything, will Take the Place of Wood!
3. Joints-Best Fastenings, and Manner of Putting Together; What Nut Lock?
4. Surfacing-Manner of Filiing in Track with the Different kinds of Material; Elevation of es.